Planning a sisig crawl around Woodside would require you to make a visit to Ihawan. If we could, we’d replace the fruit bowl on our kitchen counter with an order of Ihawan’s sisig and reach for spicy spoonfuls of pork parts and jalapeno whenever we need a quick snack. It’s the best sisig we’ve had in the city, which isn’t much of a surprise since this place is best known for its excellent BBQ. There are two sisig options on the menu at Ihawan, both involving pork. But our favorite, the sizzling sisig, is crispy, fatty, and tastes like it’s been cooked with lots of tart calamansi. The result is a spicy meat dish that’s bold enough to encourage your eyebrows to overtake your forehead.
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From a grocery store with a takeout counter to a tiki-themed spot with a nice back patio, these are our 16 favorite Filipino restaurants in the city.
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"NO MENUS. JUST FISH" is pretty much everything you need to know about this Astoria restaurant.
Jollibee is a Filipino fast food chain, and it’s ideal for when you want some fried chicken with a side of spaghetti covered in a sweet tomato sauce.
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Pig Beach is a BBQ spot in Gowanus with a huge outdoor area that’s best for day-drinking with a group.
The Gowanus location of Dinosaur BBQ is a huge space that’s an ideal place to come with big groups.
Fletcher’s BBQ at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in Rockaway Beach is an outpost of their Gowanus spot and they make great pulled pork.
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Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
Purple Yam serves Filipino food in a casual space with a nice backyard. Use it for a group dinner in Ditmas Park.
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